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Hello and welcome to my blog! My name is Karen Snyder and I've been a crafter for about as long as I can remember. I am a stay-at-home-Mama of two beautiful children with a husband who makes my dreams possible.

This blog is about all sorts of crafting. I am a paper-crafter from early days, a jewelry-maker with an unending obsession for chain maille. I make chain maille purses, many of which will be chronicled in this blog as their future owners await their completion. I love metalsmithing. I am an indifferent beader and don't get me anywhere near seed beads... they scatter, screaming to get away from me. I love to try new things, have a short attention span so if its a long-term project... I'm probably not doing it LOL.

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Friday, November 26, 2010

A 1300 Facebook Fans Fairytale


Once upon a time, in a land far away, there lived a young man named Chain Maille.  He was handsome, rugged and strong.  As he strolled along one day, he spotted a beautiful young woman.  Chain Maille was anything but shy, so he sat down beside her and struck up a conversation.  Chain Maille learned that the young woman's name was Wire Wrapping and he fell immediately in love with her strength and beauty.  Chain Maille courted Wire Wrapping, taking her to places like the museum and the theatre, and they were soon engaged.  Chain Maille wanted to do something special to show his love for Wire Wrapping and asked the Royal Jeweler (hey, it's my Fairy Tale... I can be a Royal Jeweler if I want!!!) to make a pair of earrings to show Wire Wrapping how he felt about her.  These are those earrings :)

The Royal Jeweler constructed these from pure sterling silver.  She chose to wire-wrap lovely components with 26 gauge wire and a few amethyst Swarovski crystals, then suspend them from sections of Byzantine.  The Royal Jeweler is very proud of them!

If you would like to own these Fairy Tale Earrings, simply leave a comment on this post with your name and email address.  While you are here commenting, perhaps you'd like to help the Royal Jeweler name this earring design?  If the name you think up is chosen, you will win a pair of earrings too!  This drawing will be open until Sunday evening, November 28 at 8 pm, at which time a winner will be chosen.

56 comments:

  1. " Lost in Time" as suggested by my son Justice :) Gorgeous as always my dear & CONGRATS on this milestone!

    junie_milam@hotmail.com

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  2. Thank you so much Junie! Nice name -- tell Justice I said thank you and that I'll put it on the list! You are entered to win :)

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  3. Infinitine Wrapped earrings (the wire wrapped part reminds me of a stylized mobius strip and the -ine comes from the Byzantine chain maille)

    Congratulations Karen!

    Maria (Sylentskye@gmail.com)

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  4. Oooh good one Maria! Thank you and you are entered to win :)

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  5. Oh i love these i would almost want to call these "Wrapped With Love" The loop part reminds me of a heart.
    Congrats and thank you !
    Regina dushane
    Dushane_r@msn.com

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  6. Nice one Regina! Thank you so much and you are entered to win!

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  7. You're collections are all enchanting, Karen! For these beautiful earrings, how about "Enraptured Maille"?

    Kristen Natale
    dragonflower68@yahoo.com

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  8. I like that Kristen! Thank you for such a lovely compliment too! You are entered to win :)

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  9. Your gorgeous chain maille piece reminded me of the Disney movie 'Tangled'. A lovely fairy-tale story for a beautiful pair of earrings. I can't resist to name it 'To Tangled With Love".

    Catherine (Catz Handmade)
    cat_hah@yahoo.com

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  10. Hi Karen, these are beautiful and different! Charming!
    "The royal earrings of Monsieur Maille and Miss Byzantine Wire"
    "When Miss Wire wrapped Monsieur Maille in a Byzantine love story"
    "Unwrapping romance"
    Lol! What you make me write! Sounds like a fairy tale storis.
    "The wrapped romance of Maille and Byzantine wire"
    You can see I'm not sleepy at all!LOL

    Vivi (vivilima), fresapapaya@yahoo.com

    And I have more, but that's enough for my flying imagination and it was fun!
    Sleepless in Lima.

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  11. Karen. I got 2 more names in my mind, "To Tango with Love" or Two to Tango". I don't know which one to choose out of the 3 names.

    Catherine (Catz Handmade)
    cat_hah@yahoo.com

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  12. (((Karen))) gorgeous as always, and PURPLE!!! =) I think a good name would be ... Fairytale ... like the story. Super CONGRATS on the milestone!! xxoo

    Bonnie
    IntrepidPrncss@AOL.com

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  13. I cant think of anything to call them, but I want them! There are some great suggestions here! Congrats on a huge milestone. You have absolutely earned it!

    Anne

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  14. Catherine, those are all great -- and I love that they remind you of "Tangled!" The story of Rapunzel was always my favorite as a kid and I can't wait to see "Tangled!" You are entered to win :)

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  15. Vivi you always make me laugh! Those are great names too! Hope you got some sleep and you are entered to win!

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  16. Thank you so much Bonnie -- I thought you might like the purple :) Fairytale would be a good name for them too! You are entered :)

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  17. Thank you Anne! You've been a fan of my work since the very beginning and I'm so thrilled that you still are! You are entered :)

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  18. Just beautiful :) Reminds me of CHAMPAGNE, bubbly, delicate, and unique!

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  19. I am here. Looove the earrings! Love you too!

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  20. WOW, gorgeous! They cry out for a fabulous party to wear them to!

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  21. Oh nice Sue -- great visual! You are entered to win!

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  22. Love you too Elaine - and you are entered to win :)

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  23. Anonymous is Maggie - this is a note for myself!

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  24. I love them!!!! I really want them. Pick me pick me lol. Dee Ann Barr-Crandall deeann_crandall@yahoo.com

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  25. LOL Dee Ann - you are entered to win them :)

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  26. hi lovely earrings and great story.. very pretty! amber17jo@hotmail.co.uk

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  27. Beautiful!
    Eternal Love or Entertwined lovers
    I am a Face book fan~Dana Rodriguez

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  28. As always I love my jewelery family and her great earrings...

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  29. Thank you Amber and Dana - you are each entered to win!

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  30. This entry is for Rene Alfano since my blog won't let her post to it!

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  31. The Pipers song....Name for earrings...
    You know I love them...and your family....
    That is my message above this one.
    blondeforever721@yahoo.com

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  32. don't really have a name... there have been some lovely ones already suggested.

    Donna Morphey kadykisa3@yahoo.com

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  33. And Rene's suggestion for the name is "Piper's Song"... which I LOVE!!!

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  34. my brain is in a fog so I cannot think of a name...some good ones have already been mentioned......they are beautiful!!!

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  35. Thank you so much Donna and Kathleen! You are both entered to win :)

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  36. i think these are "Inspired by Romance"
    They are beautiful and i loved the fairytale
    Chelle xx
    email - selinab3005@hotmail.co.uk

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  37. Thank you so much Chelle - what a lovely name! I'm going to have to work hard to choose one! You are entered to win :)

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  38. Lisa White said... Those are amazing Karen, well done on your new milestone! I was thinking "Romance Royale" even though Chain Maille and Wire Wrapping are not technically royalty - the Royal Jeweller MUST get some credit!!! LOL (davlis@xtra.co.nz) (Another might be "Maille Order Bride" LOL!!)

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  39. Karen, if I made you laugh, I already won!

    I promess I will go to bed before the birds sing.
    Before I die of L.O.S (lack of sleep).

    Vivi.

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  40. Hi Karen this is Hannah Lenik. I love the earrings and hope I win them. Thank you. Hannah Lenik

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  41. OMG Lisa - Maille Order Bride is fabulous! You are all so good with naming - I need to do this more often to name items!!! You are entered to win Lisa :)

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  42. Yay Hannah - I am so pleased to see you here on my blog. You are entered to win them sweetie :)

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  43. Love them!!

    "Twisted Obsession"

    flowerskissing@aol.com

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  44. Nice one Amanda! You are entered :)

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  45. I tried posting - and I got an error message. :(
    They are beautiful - (I wrote a lot more) - names "Lost in Time" or "Mesmerized"?

    e-mail - lynnnordland@yahoo.com

    Copied from my FB page for lynn, who couldn't post here for some reason. Entered.

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  46. Entry for Amanda Haddad, who also had trouble posting here.

    I couldn't even pull it up its was all jumbled :/ (copied from my FB page)

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  47. These are beautiful, maybe "Wrapped up In Love" for a name.
    And I would love to be entered =)
    valsreviews at gmail dot com

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  48. Thank you Valerie - and a great suggestion for a name too! You are definitely entered to win them :)

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  49. Beautiful! How about Wrapped In A Fairytale?

    Jen~ from A Spinners' Tale on Facebook.

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  50. Celestial Creation

    Beautiful!

    jh289 (at) hotmail (dot) com

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  51. HERE I AM!!! I'd call them, Majestic Chains - or Wired Elegance.

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  52. after a story like that, you KNOW those two are gonna get busy with some "sexy time", so i'd call these earrings *knotty lovers* (instead of naughty...)

    misskimmm@gmail.com ;)

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  53. Fabulous!
    Kai
    poetry_wave (at) yahoo (dot) com

    the name should be Wrapped in Love

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  54. Jen, Jilly, Mama Haddad, Miss Kim and Kai - thank you all! You are each entered to win!

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